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July 29

Luke 22, 22 - 23

Something to read

The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!' They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Judas wasn’t always the bad guy. Jesus appeared to have no questions over Judas when he first called him to be one of the twelve.

Not only so but the disciples couldn’t have thought of him as a wrong ‘un even at this late moment as, in this passage, they’re thinking anyone in the group could be the betrayer.

It’s interesting that earlier in Luke’s gospel the doctor writes, 'One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

'When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John... and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.'

Jesus spent a night praying over whom he should choose to be within his closest group and decided Judas should be one of them.

Note the scripture says Judas wasn’t a traitor at this time but at some point during the three years of Jesus’ ministry, he became one.

It’s difficult not to marvel that anyone who was as close to Jesus as Judas was could have changed from loyal disciple to betraying enemy. But that’s precisely what happened.

So in that context, the disciples' response of ‘Is it I, Lord?’ is a little more understandable, and is cause for all of us who follow Jesus to reflect on how strong or otherwise is our own allegiance to Christ.

Something to do

Here’s that lovely song, ‘Here I am Lord’, that you can listen to here. It uses the phrase 'Is it I, Lord' in a very different way to this passage. Listen to this song and reflect on your commitment to Christ.

Something to pray

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinator for Kent


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